Women’s League Reads

You are invited to join Women’s League Reads, a worldwide conversation about books of interest to today’s Jewish women.  Women’s League Reads is a moderated online discussion group, via Google Groups, for members of Women’s League in which everyone is invited to post comments, ask questions and make observations about the book. Membership is open only to Women’s League-affiliated sisterhood or individual with dues paid directly to Women’s League.

WL Reads is a member benefit program that you may subscribe to by contacting Lois Silverman, Internet Services Chair, at lsilverman@wlcj.org, with your email address, sisterhood name/town/state or individual member information, and thereby join the online group for book news and discussions.

Announcing #WLReads’ Summer 2018 Book and Author:

Waking Lions, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (translated by Sondra Silverston)

Live Interview with the Author – Sunday, July 8, 2018, Noon EST

First published in Hebrew, and translated into English and other languages, Waking Lions is a complex and suspenseful story about an overconfident Israeli neurosurgeon whose life spins out of control in a vortex of guilt, fear, deception, longing, and humbling encounters after he literally and figuratively crashes against the hidden Eritrean refugee community in the Negev.

The author, a native Israeli and a psychologist, is masterful at portraying the inner life of the protagonist. The novel, at its heart, is about reconciling self-preservation with being an ethical person. The Eritrean woman who becomes the master of the doctor’s fate also surprises us with her secrets. The desperate plight of the refugees and layers of class and racial divisions in Israeli society are another subtext.

Ms. Gundar-Goshen won the prestigious Sapir Prize for her earlier first novel, and the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Waking Lions. Waking Lions is available in hardcover, paperback (339 pages), digital format and in some libraries.

For more recommended reading lists, check out the following links:
The Book Corner – New and Recommended Titles from the Women’s League Book Team
Orpah’s List – Book recommendations from past WL book clubs, study guides, and supplementary promotional materials

Conversations with the chosen authors and scholars:

  • To listen to our conversation with Dara Horn, author of Eternal Life, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Inkclick here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Deborah Tannen, author of You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir, click here.
  • To listen to our inter-generational conversation with Erica Perl, author of When Life Gives You OJ, click here.
  • To listen to our cooking lesson with Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbookclick here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Lauren Belfer, author of And After the Fire, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Sarit Yishai-Levi, author of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Joy Ladin, author of Through the Door of Life:  A Jewish Journey Between Genders, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Phyllis Chesler, author of An American Bride in Kabul, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Gina Nahai, author of The Luminous Heart of Jonah S, click here.
  • To listen to our interactive, inter-generational program for  Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind Family, click here.

To join Women’s League Reads, click here. Include your name, email, sisterhood, or notice that you are an individual member of Women’s League (not a member of a sisterhood). In addition to reading together, we look forward to sharing some exciting benefits of participation in this group.